How To Start Homeschooling
If you’ve landed here I assume that you want learn how to start homeschooling! Well the good news is that setting your child up for homeschooling can be done relatively quickly . Children are natural learners and you’ll be surprised what your children can learn without you even teaching them. However, initial enthusiasm can get you by for probably a few days, maybe even a month but you will need to add some structure and tick a few legal boxes to get ready to homeschool.
Now don’t expect to absorb all this information on how to start homeschooling in one sitting. There is a lot to learn and some of the information you’ll read here took me 20 years of homeschooling to discover. But I’ve put it here to hopefully give you some shortcuts.
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A Few Ideas On How To Start Homeschooling
It is often hard to filter information when you first begin to look into how to start homeschooling.
- Where should I begin?
- What home school curriculum should I use?
- What home school philosophy is right for me?
- There is so much (too much) to absorb!
I used to think you needed to know all your options on how to start homeschooling before you began.
After helping over 5000 families get started with homeschooling my views have changed.
I still believe in giving choice for newbies like you but I now recommend using a pre-planned curriculum to help you get “the show on the road”.
Then you can start learning on the job, and after your confidence builds then you can start to tweak your curriculum to suit your needs.
Ten Tips For Newbies Starting Homeschool
1. Determine your motives for homeschooling. This will affect so many of your choices.
2. Read, read and read some more. You have hundreds of options available with home schooling. Look for good overviews and try not to get bogged down in the curriculum, just yet. (Here is my favourite list of how to start homeschooling books).
3. Network with other homeschoolers. Get to know real life homeschoolers. Go to homeschooling events. Try inviting another homeschool family over you might connect with and find out what they do. Make some connections.
4. Make a simple start. Follow a basic guide at first your homeschooling curriculum. As you get a feel for homeschooling you will become more comfortable with what you are doing and you can make changes along the way.
5. Get to know how you like to teach and how your child learns. This will help you choose a curriculum in the future.
6. Don’t worry about socialisation. Your children will be well socialized without the negative aspect of peer pressure and group think.
7. Don’t rush off and buy everything recommended. Get samples when possible. Resist the temptation to purchase your curriculum from the newsagent or book store. There are many homeschooling resources that will suit your needs better.
8. Be prepared to make some sacrifices. Homeschooling takes a considerable commitment for it to work, especially in the early days.
9. Try to take your focus off academics and on to establishing good habits and close family relationships. Academics will fall into place. Homeschooling is not school at home – it is a lifestyle.
10. Pray for wisdom.
How To Start Homeschooling Advice For You?
I know when you begin researching how to start homeschooling you quickly hit information overload.
There are so many questions that you could research and the pathway to understanding is not sequential. It’s really a maze of ideas that can set you off on little rabbit trails.
Getting Organised To Homeschool
If you homeschool, getting organised is a challenge. You can buy all the curriculum and you can decide to homeschool but that’s the big picture. Now you have to actually do it and all your other responsibilities don’t just float away because you began homeschooling.
Pick out an article from your most pressing need and begin there.
To Help You Plan
- A video on how I set up my planner
- Essentialism -Working Out How To Prioritise It All
- 20 questions to ask yourself about homeschooling
- When Planning Doesn’t Go To Plan.
- Charlotte Mason Schedule